Newsletter – Economic Development Center Edition

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By City Alive Creating a successful business takes a lot — capital, relationships, talent, connections and support. While some people may have access all of these, most don’t. Missing links can become barriers that keep great businesses from reaching their full potential, but economic development centers are changing that in Albuquerque. As a business-to-business consultant in the International District, Alex …

Newsletter – City Data Edition

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By City Alive Across the nation, cities are making a commitment to use data to become better change-makers. Albuquerque is one of those cities. Together, we can look at data to understand how our city is doing, what it needs, and where there is room for improvement. So, what has Albuquerque learned so far?  Across the nation, cities are making …

The Business of Caring – City Alive Video Series

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By City Alive Lidia, a graduate of a local home health aide certification program, is preparing to take the leap to start her own business. She is among the 150+ Spanish-speaking home health aides who’ve graduated from a certification program built through a partnership between local nonprofit Encuentro and the Central New Mexico Community College.

Newsletter – Systems Edition

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By City Alive We often talk about how we need to create an ‘ecosystem’ that supports entrepreneurs in our city. But what does that mean, exactly? It means creating connections across sectors. It means finding new ways to support innovators. It means working together to make Albuquerque better for everyone. And it means celebrating the little wins along the way.  City …

City Alive Recognized Internationally

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By City Alive City Alive’s Connecting The Dots of Entrepreneurship video series just received a bronze Telly Award in the nonprofit social video category. The Telly Awards are the premier award honoring video and television across all screens and the series was recognized from over 12,000 nominations from all 50 states and 5 continents. The series focused on Albuquerque’s homegrown …

It Takes a Village — Lending and Its Role in Albuquerque’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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Photo Credit: Mission Asset Fund By Sara Keller, Vice President of Community Relations, Southwest Capital Bank When you hear the words “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” or “Access to Capital” or “Gig Economy” what do you hear? Jargon. Fluff. Buzz. What do you think? Not where I live. What access? What about when you hear the words “small business”, “family-owned”, “side hustle”, “artist”, …

On Turning Mayors into Entrepreneurial Ambassadors

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Photo Credit: Alison Gold By Alison Gold, founder of Optimistic Anthropology Last month, City Alive was invited to present at the Kauffman Foundation’s annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship in Kansas City. The conference brings mayors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship experts together to discuss ways to promote startup activity and encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities. Alison Gold, the founder …

On Supporting Young Innovators: A talk with Kyle Guin

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Photo Credit: Shutter Bombs When it comes to keeping and attracting young innovators in our state, opportunities are key. Over the last five years, education institutions and leaders in the private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors have been making investments to generate more opportunities, especially in the realm of entrepreneurship. These efforts, like the innovationAcademy at UNM, are beginning to gain …

Education and Employment – Evolving to Bridge the Workforce Gap

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The skills gap has been a topic of conversation in New Mexico for years, if not decades. Yet still we find ourselves trying to find systemic solutions to bridge the gap between the educations our students receive, and the skills demanded by local employers. Bridging the skills gap is complex. It is about growing skills and competencies in K-12. It …

Buy Local, Invest in Our Economy

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Local shops encourage it. It is on signs at farmers markets. The “buy local” message is a call to collectively lift up local businesses. But it isn’t just about “feeling good”. Buying locally has real economic advantages that make us all better off. Over the last decade, a number of researchers and organizations have taken a closer look at how …